Academic Studies


Mayas studied Jazz Piano at “Universität der Künste” Berlin 1999-2001, followed by an "Erasmus" exchange year at the “Conservatorium van Amsterdam” under Misha Mengelberg, 2001.


Further Studies and Diploma in Jazz piano performance at “Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler" Berlin under Georg Gräwe, 2002-2004.


Since 2015, she is undertaking Phd studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in Music Performance and Interpretation, investigating instrumental techniques, timbre and spatiality in improvised music performance.




Mayas performs internationally solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers.


She has performed and toured in Europe, the USA, Australia, Mexico and Lebanon and collaborated with many leading figures in improvisation and composers such as John Butcher, Andy Moor, Zeena Parkins, Joelle Leandre, Paul Lovens, Ikue Mori, Phill Niblock, Peter Evans, Andrea Neumann and Axel Dörner. She has performed at festivals and exhibitions such as Maerz Musik (2012,2015), Documenta (2012) or the Berlin Biennale ( 2014).


Radio Work


2013 Documentary for ABC Australia, “Inside Piano”

 the history of playing the piano with extended techniques and modern practitioners today, including research regarding historic keyboard instruments, composers ( Cage, Cowell, Bertoncini) as well as interviews with pianists using extended techniques today (John Tilbury, Anthony Pateras, Reinhold Friedl, Andrea Neumann)


2014 Documentary for ABC Australia, “Real Time Music Berlin”

approaches and styles of improvised music, particularly the “Echtzeitmusik” scene in Berlin, interviews with practitioners and curators


2014 Feature for Deutschlandradio Kultur, “Dream Machine Beirut”


2014 September “Dream Machine Beirut” adapted for ABC Australia


2015 sound essay for ABC, Australia, Creative Audio Unit,  “Home is where the heart is”




Curatorial Projects



Magda Mayas has been curating experimental music events and festivals in Berlin since 2005.


As part of her ongoing research, Mayas founded “Tasten-Berliner Klaviertage” festival, running from 2005-2009, during which contemporary and innovative approaches for the piano were presented, (, featuring pianists and composers such as John Tilbury, Anthony Pateras, Chris Abrahams and Ian Pace.

(with support from “Ernste Musik Projektförderung ” Berliner Senat)






artistic director of “Biegungen” together with Clare Cooper, at “ausland”, Berlin including concerts with Andy Moor, Sven Ake Johansson, Annette Krebs, Joe Williamson, Rhodri Davies, Andrea Neumann, David Watson, Christine Abdelnour






artistic director of “COMPASS” Festival together with Tony Buck, an exchange between leading Lebanese and Berlin musicians and sound artists.

(with support from Goethe Institut and Bezirksamt Pankow Berlin)










Masterclasses / Artist Talks / Workshops


Magda Mayas has been giving workshops and masterclasses at Universities and festivals all over the world.






Musikhögskolan, Malmö, 2010, Workshop on approaches in improvised music with Tony Buck


Brno/Czech Republic, „Exposition of New Music Festival“, 2010, Lecture on styles and approaches in improvised music with Tony Buck


Lublin/ Poland „John Cage Year 2012“ at the Faculty of Arts MCSU


3 day symposium on Cage, the prepared piano, history and modern approaches of inside piano playing


Universität Bern, 2016, with Daniel Studer and Frantz Loriot






Mills College, 2012 lecture and workshop on contemporary improvised music approaches with Tony Buck


Wesleyan University 2011 lecture and workshop on contemporary improvised music approaches with Tony Buck


University of Berkeley California, 2012, teaching Myra Melfords class on contemporary improvised music approaches with Tony Buck


Bard College 2011 concert and lecture on improvised music approaches with Tony Buck


Cornell University 2011 concert and lecture on improvised music approaches with Tony Buck






La Salle College 2013 Approaches in Improvised music, with Tony Buck


SOMA, 2014, Prepared and Inside piano in history and modern practice






Brisbane, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

2012, Approaches in Improvised music, with Tony Buck


Brisbane, Queensland University of Technology,

2012, Approaches in Improvised music, with Tony Buck


Sydney Conservatory,

2012 Solo Recital and artist talk, composition class on inside/prepared piano playing

2015 with Tony Buck on Approaches in Improvised Music



Monash University Melbourne,

2015, Solo concert and workshop






2007 - 2017, co-founder and director of „Neue Musikschule Berlin“,


offering instrumental lessons at 10 different schools all over Berlin, as well as interdisciplinary projects, higher education courses and workshops incl teachers and guest artists such as Marc Sabat, Barre Philips, Ute Wasserman, Axel Doerner, Peter Ablinger, Tony Buck and Burkhard Beins.


Teaching piano since 2007.


cover photo by Peter Gannushkin